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50 Ways to Cope with Stress

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The following 50 suggestions are things we can try to help cope with, and hopefully reduce, our stress levels:

1. Prepare for the morning the night before
2. Avoid tight fitting clothes
3. Avoid relying on chemical aids
4. Set appointments in advance
5. Don’t rely on your memory-write it down
6. Say “no” more often
7. Set priorities in your life
8. Avoid negative people
9. Use time wisely
10. Always make copies of important papers

11. Ask for help
12. Break down large tasks into smaller portions
13. Unclutter your life
14. Smile
15. Pet a friendly dog
16. Say something nice to someone
17. Walk in the rain
18. Take a bubble bath
19. Be aware of the decisions that you make
20. Believe in yourself
21. Stop saying negative things to yourself
22. Visualize yourself winning
23. Develop your sense of humor
24. Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better day
25. Have goals for yourself
26. Say hello to a stranger
27. Ask a friend for a hug
28. Look up at the stars
29. Practice breathing slowly
30. Read a poem
31. Do a brand new thing
32. Stop a bad habit
33. Buy yourself a flower
34. Find support from others
35. Work at being cheerful and positive
36. Put safety first
37. Do everything in moderation
38. Strive for excellence not perfection
39. Stretch your limits a little every day
40. Feed the birds
41. Become a better listener
42. Exercise every day
43. Recognize the importance of unconditional love
44. Remember that stress is an attitude
45. Keep a journal
46. Remember you always have options
47. Have a support network of people, places and things
48. Talk less and listen more
49. Get enough sleep
50. Compliment other people

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